Savannah, Ga. - UMBC senior lacrosse standouts Taylor Oliver (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) and John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley) were amongst eighteen student-athletes from America East institutions that were named to the conference's 2018 Helping Hands Team Tuesday evening at the conference's annual awards dinner.
The America East Helping Hands Team, in its fifth year, was established to recognize a male and female student-athlete from each of the nine America East institutions for their exemplary efforts in the area of community service while remaining in good academic standing.
Oliver, who earned her second letter after transferring from the University of Colorado, had her best year on the field, scoring 11 goals on the Retriever attack. She earned semester honors in the fall of 2016 and 2017, Dean's List recognition in the spring of 2017 and 2018 and was selected to the National College Athlete Honor Society last month.
Oliver earned her B.A. degree in psychology in May.
She volunteered with Harlem Lacrosse and College Gardens students during her tenure, working with the girls both on the field and in the classroom.
Tornabene earned four letters and capped his tenure by earning 2018 America East All-Academic Team honors. The chemical engineering major started 25 of 26 games over the past two seasons and piloted the 2018 UMBC defense to a nation-leading 7.77 goals against average.
He earned semester academic honors in the fall of 2014 and 2015 and in the spring of 2017 and Dean's List accolades in the fall of 2017.
Tornabene also volunteered with coaching and mentoring at Harlem Lacrosse and organized the team's participation in the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation 5k in the fall of 2017.
"This award exemplifies the conference's dedication to leadership on and off the field as one of its 3 Pillars," said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. "These 18 honorees are just a small sample of the countless student-athletes in America East who are committed to helping others and giving back to their communities."